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RZA’s ‘Cut Throat City’ Post-Katrina Drama on Netflix

(By John Serba for Decider) Now on Netflix after premiering on VOD last fall, Cut Throat City is the third directorial effort by RZA, the multi-hyphenate filmmaker-writer-musician who’s best known as the leader of hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. His previous films were tonally disparate — the kung fu theatrics of 2012’s The Man with the Iron Fists and the relatively straightforward drama of 2017’s Love Beats Rhymes. With the new movie, he seems to be trying to bridge the gap between genres.

The Gist: Blink (Shameik Moore) lives in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. It’s 2005. Hurricane Katrina has rendered the area a vaguely policed near-outlaw state. Its residents, primarily people of color, cynically call it a situation of “accelerated gentrification.” Blink wants to be an artist, but his pitch to sell a graphic novel is met with condescension. His portfolio is fat, but so is the pile of bills on his counter. His new wife, Demyra (Kat Graham), works to keep food in the fridge for their young son; she’s supportive, as long as he stays out of trouble. And their application for FEMA aid is denied, inexplicably.

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